May 28, 2013
The 2013 Tech Fee awards have been announced. Tech Fee projects start as student, faculty, and staff ideas to improve learning and teaching technology resources at UF. A 3-D printing lab and solar-powered Wi-Fi for outdoor teaching are just two of the approved proposals that will begin receiving funding this August.
The road to Tech Fee funding begins each fall, with the initial call for concept paper submissions. From there the Tech Fee advisory committee, consisting of five students, two faculty members, and two administrators, determined which projects to consider for the full-proposal round of evaluation. This year the committee submitted 11 proposed projects to Vice President and CIO Elias Eldayrie for funding approval.
The focus of the approved projects are to introduce new technologies or services–not simply update existing ones. One determining factor the committee uses to evaluate proposals is, what projects create new options and solutions for widespread university benefit?
The Technology Fee was enacted in 2007. Florida Statute 1009.24 states that, “A technology fee of up to five (5) percent of the tuition per credit hour, beginning with the fall term of the 2009-2010 academic year, will be assessed. The revenue from this fee shall be used to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty.”
About $700,000 in funding was allocated this year. Visit the Current Projects page for the complete list of funded 2013 Tech Fee projects.